Tuesday, May 18, 2010

5 Out of 8 Ain't Bad

Since the day my seed catalog arrived in my mailbox and I was filled with thoughts of bountiful harvests and cute gardening gloves, I've learned a thing or two about this whole vegetable business. First of all, it's far from easy. I figured by this time my beds would be overflowing with food, so much so that I'd have to haul it off to friends and family in buckets. However, I've quickly learned this is not the case. :) Secondly, I've learned to get excited about the small sucesses at this stage in my farming career. That being said, I want to share a few pictures from today's garden tour.

This morning, as I was strolling around the beds, soaking my shoes and listening to the cows, I was shocked to see this big beautiful flower smiling back up at me!

Isn't it pretty? It's proof that we are probably going to have zucchinis in a few weeks. From what I've read, after the plants flower, the veggies come quickly. And see how dark green it is? I believe it was much more yellow the last time I posted. I don't know what I'm doing right, but I guess it's something! However, the zucchini's close cousin, the squash... well I can't say the same about him. As embarrassing as it is, here's what he looked like this morning:

Doesn't look too promising, does it? I already pulled up the other plant but left this one alone as it had buds. The buds are still there, but they seem a little crispy. Oh well, I personally like zucchini better. I'll try not to jinx it, but I can't wait to fry those suckers up! :)

As I referenced in my weekend post, the tomatoes were also looking fabulous this morning. There is at least one tiny tomato growing on each of the six plants, so hopefully they'll all make it to full-grown. Here are some pictures to show these cutie pies in action. There are still more yellow flowers, waiting to turn into more deliciousness, fingers crossed!

Also, even though the plants did not turn into the bushes they were supposed to, my little green beans are miraculously doing well. The plants look very sad, but there are several snap beans just weighing them down. They should be ready to harvest in the next two weeks (woohoo, I got to say "harvest") Check 'em out:

So if you're keeping count with the post title, thats 1 dead crop and 3 still growing. My lettuce still looks great, basically the same as the last time I posted - it shouldn't be too much longer until I can start munching on that. As for my onions, I got especially curious the other day and pulled one up that had a crispy, brown top (as opposed to all the others, which are tall and green) and lo and behold, there was a tiny onion at the bottom! Eureka, they're growing! It even smelled (and tasted) just like a real vidalia. Success! :)

As for Team Fail, the bell peppers don't seem to have much hope. They're still green, but they aren't growing or flowering and many of the stems have broken off. I'm actually going to fertilize them this week and see if I can perk them up. The cucumbers are history as well... again. I transplanted another batch a few weeks ago and they died just as quickly as the first round. I think next summer I'll just try to grow these from seed.

Well I hope you enjoyed your morning tour of the Bauer Family Vegetable Garden! Maybe my next post will include more exciting uses of the word "harvest" or at least more instances of the word "success" - Happy Tuesday!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Wow I'm very jealous of your garden. I will accept those buckets full of fresh veggies as soon as they become available.